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damascus reportedly agrees to allow you into the fact sr investigates the science of chemical act which the u.s. says it has a little down to the assad government carried out. also this week the military whistleblower bradley manning requests a presidential pardon after being sentenced to thirty five years in jail for the biggest leak in america's history also. praised the victory made him for the british government but if we didn't back the material or destroy it they would move to law. the guardian newspaper reveals how he was pressured to describe files he received from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden.
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and the week's top stories this is their weekly he was an e.u. national our welcome to the program. syrian t.v. damascus has given you an inspector's permission to access the site of an alleged must chemical attack the u.s. insists there's very little doubt that bashar assad's government carried out their sold that assessment is based on the reported number of victims witness accounts and symptoms of those killed or injured the u.s. military says it's ready to strike see where you've ordered to do so president obama and the u.k. prime minister david cameron have discussed what to do following allegations of the chemical weapons attack and both about a serious response from the international community but reports suggesting if the rebels who resorted to chemicals are getting a little attention always point to clear as well for. so in state television is
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reporting that syrian soldiers entered a number of tunnels that had been used by rebel fighters in damascus and they they found in the remnants of chemical agents what we do know is that the shells had marked on them made in saudi arabia and of course saudi arabia has long been a critic of the syrian president bashar assad the soldiers started coughing they started suffocating and immediately ambulances had to be same to the scene to actually assist these soldiers now all this comes as the united states starts moving its naval ships in the mediterranean closer to the syrian coast the indications on the ground are that the first wave of preparations for any kind of military intervention inside syria are under way and that the u.s. and in particular the navy is just waiting for the green light what we've heard from obama is that he is mulling over the situation he says that it needs to be
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fought over seriously there needs to be a wary miss in terms of making this decision but that any kind of military attack inside syria would be both costly and deadly the word he used was difficult the defense department has been tasked with giving the bomber all the latest facts on the. and you investigators are inside syria they've been there now for week they arrived last sunday they're investigating at least a dozen other reports of chemical usage of a damascus government has pledged to give full support to the u.n. investigators in trying to reach the area where this latest alleged chemical attack took place that it took place in rebel held areas so really it's not really up to the damascus regime to ensure maximum cooperation but they have said that they will do their best to ensure that there is a safe passage for the investigators all the indications and all the allegations are essentially speculation we have real names of video and still photographs that have been posted to you tube all of them purport to show chemical attacks carried
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out in syria but none of this footage can be verified to the damascus regime is increasingly being accused of carrying out chemical weaponry and there is no evidence no evidence whatsoever to suggest this the pressure on the syrian government of course is increasing and here we've heard from the french foreign minister he has said that all evidence points to damascus earlier there was a united nations security council meeting and following that meeting the french did threaten to use force if indeed these allegations against the damascus regime were proven to be true the syrian government however has warned against foreign intervention and there is a lot of concern and pressure on those in the international community who might be moving in that direction. despite harsh rhetoric against the syrian government and the u.s. military waiting for a green light at times it appears americans don't want an intervention and here's what the latest russia's ape's us poll revealed about sixty percent of the u.s.
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citizens who took part in this survey said america should stay away from the civil war in syria just nine percent want their president to argue that when asked about washington's support for the opposition about one tenth said obama should do more for the rebels than just sending arms to them while almost ninety percent don't want america to help the opposition meanwhile doctors without borders say they received more than three thousand patients suffering from intoxication on wednesday and the chemical a soldier was reported three hundred fifty five of them died but exactly who was behind that target still hard to verify so far the u.s. and its allies have assumed assad is to blame and abetted and suggest the opposite that will cause major computer for washington according to daoud caroline a professor of international law at georgetown university. it is going to turn out to be the rebels who are using these weapons.
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the u.s. would be embarrassed because it could be alive or do you have thought to seek the opposition that the u.s. has been supporting claiming that these are people who are seeking democracy and rule of law and fighting corruption or whatever. in syria and this is the purposeful good if you change the u.s. would like to to prove or would like some of its allies that it is the regime who has done this but this has not been independently proven very fired and without any dependant very few i think if we would take all the what the u.s. president has said does not indicate that military action. so international tensions are running high as the pentagon moves naval forces closer to syria despite obama being cautious over an intervention so will do those
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preparations for attack usually mean tell us what she's saying can our website at all si dot com and so far the majority of you almost have a bose who voted say washington wants to divert americans from domestic problems around sesa percent of you think that pentagon's message is it's ready to strike no matter walt obama says about being cautious while thirteen percent say the u.s. wants political leverage over chemical arms and the u.s. probe and a minority view around eleven percent so far thing the pentagon is raging for a time just in case so local to r.t. dot com to cast your vote. right to see. her street. and i would think that you're. on our reporters would.
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be in. the national security agency has been listening in on the united nations this is the mission comes from the as a bunch of security leaks about u.s. intelligence operations and they say stuff will reportedly able to access the yuan's encrypted video conferencing system at its new york headquarters the initial raid through was said to have taken place last summer and the u.s. was able to do the same to nearly five hundred other communication channels a little within the organization shortly after that strategic consultant poller a phone a founder of the c.i. p.-i foundation and he's joining us now live from rome to discuss this a leak mr a phone is saying q very much indeed for joining us here on r t how is the one going to react now to this latest leak spying on the organization is illegal under international law isn't it. well in fact spying is an old practice
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that has been taking place for ages is very very old since the time of the egyptians spying was going over but of course with the new technologies this is very intrusive and the extent and reach should be really worrisome and this being the reaction that would be that of accusing the child so the spying issues most probably used as a bargaining issue between the major powers involved president obama and other u.s. and u.s. officials insisted the n.s.a. is operations are all about capturing terrorists want does what tapping be un have to do with the war on terror that. well when you have a broad spectrum of analysis of information especially. cyber systems you catch up with all what is possible that has a reference to your target so even the un is involved into this like the un any
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other kind of communication is taken into account you know of course we know that the u.n. is very important and some important global issue is decided there so you say that everyone is doing that's what you think. definitely yes all major powers dispose of a large systems of cyber spying and they use it against each other to know information before hand and then to use the leaked information as a bargaining tool that's what is war assume is the use of these kinds of techniques and technologies by smaller groups eventually non-state groups that may generate. glitches that may ignite a cyber war in full spectrum. and also alleged bugging of the e.u. and the un offices are getting the dates of just about every citizen on the planet so has the nineteen eighty-four become reality. well it looks like with
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some delay we want to actually provide for a newsgroup but we are moving towards their agenda this is the new dimension of. tens international relations in the past spying was physically manned nowadays is done by computers and by robots that are sent into the side the space to get this information or produce the supposed enemy or competitor information the same techniques are used by companies for business intelligence for dusty spying and by states i mean this is not nothing new actually is just new the technique in the extended reach of what we are witnessing. a strategic consultant paolo refining a thank you very much indeed for speaking to us thank you. this league is from the german media but britain's guardian newspaper has published many
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of edward snowden's previous revelations and that led to the government forcing them to destroy secret files because they fear dave could fall into the wrong hands if the paper says there's a hack but the documents one to even stored on there and there were other copies on his desk are seeing their small. you've had your fun now it's time to return the documents said the unnamed government official today newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies all week it isn't we were faced effectively with ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it they would move to law in recent months the guardian newspaper has come to be known as the paper that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to whip by former contractor of the national security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspaper is also publicized what had gone on a behind closed doors here how security officials had ended up in the basement of
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their offices overseeing the destruction of hard drives and computers which contained the very information the paper's been exposing a bizarre turn of events salaries major says that came all the way up from the prime minister's office once it was obvious that they would be going to law. i would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply problem erica not from london a twenty first century possibility in a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger came just a day after the detention of david miranda part there of the guardian journalist glenn greenwald the journalist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials around it was detained under the u.k.'s terrorism act and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among
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politicians and journalists and even david anderson the independent reviewer of terrorism laws who demanded an explanation prompting the u.k. home office to go on the offensive the government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security those who oppose this sort of action need to think about what they can do to fame. want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from a generalized statement about terrorism in general doesn't really do the trick you've got to be able to say well be information he's got what it being should the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for it no such reasons have been advanced miranda's detention as well as the destruction of computers in the guardian's basement of one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the story teller has become the story this is a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech is being laid the way that the british state is very prepared to use terrorism legislation
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to use accusations of terrorism in order to shut down what looks to be journalistic practice good healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following his revelations especially considering the press see appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having confidential sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is the stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to master the internet this is the language that's being used internally desser cilia r.t.e. london. ahead here on our c it's. execs say to hosni mubarak that's out of jail because many in egypt now questioning whether anything good has come out of the twenty seven revolution that toppled him in the first place. but now whistleblower bradley manning was sentenced to fetch five years in prison
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this week he was responsible for the massive leak of classified data that exposed american war crimes in iraq and afghanistan before went on a private as an are hoping for a politician from the us president monaghan trust a letter to obama insisting he acted out of love for his country seeking to protect the values and ideals of the united states that soldier also said. he would gladly pay the price for living in a free american society but as also he's going to have to check our reports now if the debate about mining spasso issues that is now grabbing the headlines bradley manning sentence of thirty five years behind bars has said on the president it punishment threshold for whistleblowers bradley manning should be walking the streets and being treated for who is a whistleblower who exposed war crimes in iraq afghanistan secret war in yemen and the other corruption of the governments the us supported bradley manning supporters gathered outside the white house to call for the president to pardon the whistleblower the supporters of bradley manning say what's at stake here is not
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just manning the trip but also the future of journalism and the public's right to be informed on the actions that their government is taking on their behalf manning's defense team has submitted a request for a pardon but there seems to be little chance that it will be granted that the government's ongoing crackdown on whistleblowers under the current administration and unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as being tantamount to aiding the enemy. the government wide crackdown on whistleblowers and the extension of this crackdown to journalists threatens to stifle the flow of information that is vital to our public but the media in the us has largely failed to stand up for bradley manning government officials and t.v. pundits all but convicted the whistleblower even before any trial took place who cares whether the army killed some innocent people or not over in iraq really no we don't want to we don't want to be
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a part of that we it's very uncomfortable so if it's a complex issue and it's uncomfortable americans generally will pull back from it allows the media to fill that gap and portray bradley manning as a traitor manning's own personality has grabbed more headlines than the shoes that he uncovered and the day after sentencing many six became the main story who is healthy this week bradley manning announced that he wants to spend the rest of his life as a female and asked to be referred to as chelsea manning one of the defense psychiatry at trial testified that manning has narcissistic tendencies and i wonder if there's anything to that in the sense that she's announcing this in this very big public way no i think this is really trying to let people have the answer that they wanted she never really wanted this to be public to begin with and when the information came out you need to understand the she gave it to her in a limo in a very private setting and
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a one on one chat never expecting this to be public now that it is unfortunately have to deal with it in a public manner chelsea manning's attorney also said his client never wanted personal issues to become the main story and overshadow the debate that the whistleblower wanted to start through the leaks in washington i'm going to. stay with us says a riot after the break we had to wear expos predicts one moshe's will rise for another seven days also rescues into round the clock fight to pile son biogs into nine misa high flood walls that's just stopped a very short break. exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results you get innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat
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people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said.
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this is the weekly on r c and now to russia where extruding flooding continues to devastate the far east experts say levels have not here to peaks and may continue to rise until the second or third of september that's another whole week for a region which is already more than seven meters underwater and this is where it all began less now have a live there and more river has passed if by next after weeks of relenting downpours covering an area the size of france and germany combined it has been a federal emergency for nearly three weeks now with more torrential rain feeding the rising flood waters these three regions have been the worst affected up to eighty five thousand livelihoods are under threat in the habit of suasion alone three dozen towns of over three thousand inhabitants are already under water and as you can see here the regional capital has bought up as a city over hoffer million lines on the arm or where it meets the everywhere and
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the rescue is volunteers and soldiers are fighting to fortify river bank over thirty kilometers along poles quarter brings us the latest on their efforts there. this is marina a resident of bolshoi risky island and this is marina's house water waist high the entire ground floor resembling a cesspit rather than a home now it's only when you enter the properties that you see the extent of the damage that these floodwaters have caused despite marina best attempts to try and keep many of her treasured possessions out of the water it was simply in vain the entire house is completely submerged and it's clear looking around that is going to take a lot of time money and effort before this place returns to normal. marina is one of hundreds in this region to have been evacuated in recent days by russia's emergency services she can't take everything with her and doesn't know when she'll be able to return for now she'll stay with friends. we've
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been crying all week we've lost all our property and that's after we've renovated hundred wallpaper a place new carpets although some hardy souls remain predominantly this village is like a ghost town but despite the chaos there are resilient attempts to carry on as normal the shop remains open although when we visited business was slider. many of those evacuated from their homes and up in temporary accommodation centers in schools and sports holes or thirty's and volunteers providing supplies such as food drinking water and medicine that some rest bite for those who have lost everything just get the policy it's good that aid is going to come there is good they do have that but he needed to stay here they face patel te's greet they treat us like the children although the situation in the how about oscar region remains critical for the west
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as hope the worst is over in the region attention is now turning to the cleanup operation just as. the situation is changing and we are going to regroup our forces people now come from the neighboring more region for planes arrive here every day but now water levels in some parts of its region have already beaten records that have stood for more than one hundred and twenty years lots of six hundred and forty two centimeters and the fear is that as the rains continue that could push the eight meter barrier causing even more devastation and destruction to people's lives and homes the military and emergency services continue to work around the clock to reinforce how about i ask concern the defenses could be breached by water that at the moment shows no signs of receding i'm with flood levels not expected to eight until mid september the true extent of the damage is yet to reveal itself and it could be some time yet before the full picture emerges postcards. about oscar.
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and of course we've got even more stories for you online and he is all he can find on r.t. dot com right now racist haven any announcing man is trying to turn a small town in the u.s. state of north dakota into a white supremacist stronghold find out how he's going about it on r.t. dot com. and getting was bitcoin supporters of the emerging digital currency brought their cyber wallets to a special event in berlin they're going to autograph call and find out all top and . egypt's president hosni mubarak appeared in court today he's facing a retrial for his alleged complicity in the killings of protesters during the uprising which outed him two years ago the former leader out of jail and earlier this week and placed under house arrest in a military hospital his release has added to tantrums in the country with many
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saying it as part of a reversal of gains one tour in the twenty eleven revolution egypt has been ensuring an unprecedented wave of deadly protests since the military ousted islamist president mohammed morsi was in brotherhood leaders have been arrested over the same period of their trials have been delayed until october defense consultant who believes the army will always play a defining role in the ruling of egypt. not even if they bring a civilian in the suit remember mubarak wore a suit for dogs before he wore a suit. so she would live on military and known. who are in power and even if a civilian government to go into power they have to do as the military says well once and as long as the broad worst annoy us government of the would be allowed to remain in power as soon as they start speaking out or try to exert their all not ideas they would be toppled to do was morsi so no military.
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power for decades and martial law is really in paul's for decades so the military don't see any change in circumstances. and up next in our special report a look at some interim geisha methods used by us please send how effective they actually are that's after a short break. they say geo politics is a lot like a schoolyard and while obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stone incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel a date just to show you how much her feelings are hurt let's not mistake the canceled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total rejection
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of any form of discussion with other country which really isn't a bold and possibly dangerous buckle message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g. eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or ducked behind the shrimp cocktail whatever here's a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something to look strong after the snowden debacle but this grandstanding just comes across a silly passing something like a new jackson vet a commandment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if your anger is irrational because stone pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. the video might be shocking but it's simply a ploy used by u.s. police offices. filming with their own cameras they inform this woman called dalia
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that just being killed they want to gauge her reactions as they suspect she may have hired a hitman to murder a spouse. or the like or. kill. can't. in fact no killing has taken place and the police have made up the story to try and confuse done. what they want is a confession and a few hours later she will be charged with attempted murder in this case it was the cross-examination of dalia that led to the truth and then eased the way to her prosecution. among the police the interrogation process is considered a key element of the investigation where everything might fall into place which explains why in the united states this method of investigation has been pushed to its very limits more than anywhere else in the world now.


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